| Story by Meghan McMahon |
“They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky,” and it’s not just The Addams Family we’re talking about. Animals big and small scream Halloween — sometimes almost literally.
Halloween as we know it today, with trick-or-treating, costumes and haunted houses, is a far cry from its ancient origins more than 2,000 years ago with the Celtic festival of Samhain, according to the History Channel. Ancient Celts celebrated Samhain on the night of October 31, believing it was when the ghosts of the dead would return to Earth.
The ghosts of Samhain are quite a bit different than the ghosts that inhabit the haunted houses of today’s Halloween celebrations. And they aren’t the only difference. Many animals — from bats to black cats — have become associated with the holiday, for a multitude of reasons. Here’s a look at some of the local wildlife that might fit right into your Halloween display.